Oliver Bierhoff celebrates scoring the golden goal against the Czech Republic in the final of Euro ’96 at Wembley. Photo: Getty Images

The sense of joyous anticipation before Euro ’96 was nicely captured in that song where with the chorus about football coming home which it did, for a(...)

 Oliver Bierhoff, one of the ball-pullers, was clearly and hilariously bored of the whole affair long before the end. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

The build-up was long – so long that keeping awake was a real achievement. On this couch it was a matter of pulling out all the stops. Coffee. Open wi(...)

Former basketball player Yao Ming of China and actor Bill Murray at the start of the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards show at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lewis Hamilton to be named sportsman of the year at the Laureus Sports Awards in Shanghai, the first time (...)

Germany coach  Joachim Löw has been banned from driving for six months after clocking up too many penalty points. Photograph:   Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

Germany coach Joachim Löw has been banned from driving for six months for clocking up too many points on his licence.Löw, who will not need to drive w(...)

Thomas Hitzlsperger  has become one of the few high profile sportsmen, and the first well-known German footballer, to publicly reveal that he is gay. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters.

Retired German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger, dubbed Der Hammer, has earned widespread praise after becoming Germany’s first professional footballer (...)

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff believes  the goalscoring form of players like Thomas Mueller can offset the lack of strikers in the squad for the game against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph:   Michael Dalder/Reuters

Team manager Oliver Bierhoff expects Germany to qualify for the World Cup with a victory over the Republic of Ireland in Cologne this Friday despite a(...)